B.C. lumber group says U.S. softwood lumber filing is without merit

The U.S. arbitration submission under the Softwood Lumber Agreement will remain confidential for a week, but a group representing B.C. lumber producers says reports about its contents suggest the unfair trade case against Canada is without merit.

The British Columbia Lumber Trade Council says the U.S. case to the London Court of International Arbitration filed Tuesday ignores the “real facts” associated with the impact of the Mountain Pine Beetle on the B.C. Interior.

U.S. forestry companies complain that B.C. trees destroyed by the pine beetle have been turned into logs or lumber — at low provincial government cutting fees — and shipped to the U.S. market.